Though guarded when talking about his influences, Pharrell Williams acknowledged to Andrew Goldstein of The New York Post that he’s “a big Lennon fan.” Yet he insists that he and N.E.R.D. were simply interested in breaking the conventions of pop and hip-hop songwriting. “We were just trying to do what we felt was missing in music,” he says. “The only thing we wanted [was] that it had to be vivid – that and observing no boundaries are what we strove for.”
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